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Dîner en Blanc, which began 25 years ago as a chic Parisian picnic for a handful of friends, has exploded into an international phenomenon with more than 15,000 members in 17 cities. Diners dressed head to toe in white and bringing with them white tablecloths, glassware and other finery, gathered on Thursday night for an impromptu open-air dinner, which takes place at a different place in Paris every year. Participants were told of the venue via social media sites and the Internet, then rushed to assemble at the venue.

Diners gather at their tables in the Tuileries Gardens near the Louvre Museum during the Diner en Blanc in Paris.

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Participants dressed in white wait in a street in central Paris to find out the location of the "Diner en Blanc".

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Participants dressed in white pose as they attend a "Diner en Blanc" in one of the courtyards of the Palais-Royal in Paris.

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Participants dressed in white take part in “Diner en Blanc”, between Palais Royal and the Louvre Museum backdropped by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

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Participants dressed in white stand on striped columns, part of an art installation called "Les Deux Plateaux" by French artist Daniel Buren, during a "Diner en Blanc" in Paris.

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Participants dressed in white enjoy their meal during a "Diner en Blanc" at the gardens of the Palais-Royal in Paris.

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Participants dressed in white wave their napkins during a "Diner en Blanc" at the gardens of the Palais-Royal in Paris.

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Participants dressed in white wave their napkins during a "Diner en Blanc" at the gardens of the Palais-Royal in Paris.

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A woman wearing a white mask stands on a chair as participants dressed in white participate in a "Diner en Blanc" at the gardens of the Palais-Royal in Paris.

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A woman uses her smartphone to take a photo as diners gather at their tables at the Palais Royal during the Diner en Blanc in Paris.

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